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  • Probable cause statement released in the murder of newborn

  • Probable cause statements for an Eldon woman charged with murdering her newborn infant describe a harrowing tale in which Emily S. Usnick, 36, gave birth in the bathroom of the residence she was living at, wrapped the newborn in plastic, then put the infant in a container in the trunk of her car.


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  • Probable cause statements for an Eldon woman charged with murdering her newborn infant describe a harrowing tale in which Emily S. Usnick, 36, gave birth in the bathroom of the residence she was living at, wrapped the newborn in plastic, then put the infant in a container in the trunk of her car.
    Investigators discovered the infant's remains during a drug raid of the St. Elizabeth house in February 2009.
    According to probable cause statements, Usnick gave birth to the baby girl several weeks earlier on January 15.
    Usnick told investigators labor went quickly. After giving birth, Usnick placed the infant in a trash can that was in the bathroom and panicked when she saw the baby was not moving. So, Usnick closed the plastic bag lining the trash can, cleaned up and then placed the infant in the container in the trunk of her car.
    Usnick said she believed the child may "have drowned or suffocated while she was submerged" in a toilet following birth.
    The Boone County Medical Examiner's Officer performed an autopsy on the remains and found the infant was fully developed and viable at the time of birth. The examiner's office believed the infant could have been resuscitated following delivery. The examiner's office also noted that the infant's umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and she had methamphetamine in her bloodstream and liver indicating that the child was alive in the hours immediately prior to delivery.
    Usnick said she had not noticed if the umbilical cord was around the baby's neck at the time the infant was born, according to statements she gave to investigators, though Usnick admitted she had drank alcohol, smoked marijuana, taken sleeping pills and used methamphetamine during the pregnancy.
    Usnick was arrested earlier this week and charged with second degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.
    The charges come three years after the initial raid where she was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance.
    Usnick's 15-year-old son lived with her at the residence.
    Five others living at the house, including the homeowner, were arrested on drug-related charges resulting from the raid.

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